The Bharat Sangeet Utsav concert series has been going on for the last couple days here at Narada Gana Sabha, and I’ve been able to catch a few concerts:
I am sitting on the stage next to Neyveli Narayanan sir in this concert. The song selection here was very nice, and the chemistry between Narayanan sir, Sowmya, and Neyveli Santhanagopalan is something special.
This concert just took place today. I’ll avoid gushing here, but it will just suffice to say that the recording quality is absolutely fantastic. Kudos to the video and the audio mixing teams, although there is a *barely* perceptible lag between the audio and video. The bass levels of the mrudangam thoppi are excellent, and Narayanan sir’s naadam is just brilliant – the audio quality in this recording is even better than what I heard live earlier today!
This is Shri. Saketharaman’s concert in Coimbatore under the same banner. Saketharaman is a vocalist I have been following for a while now, and I am glad that I had the privilege of accompanying him for my arangetram many years ago. He is (or was) a student of the late Lalgudi G. Jayaraman, and Lalgudi’s stamp is there in every sangathi and phrase he sings.
The Saketharaman-Akkarai Subbulakshmi-Neyveli Narayanan combination is something very special; I still remember an amazing concert at Mylapore Fine Arts in 2011 by that team. Saketharaman presented Vaanchathonuna (Karnaranjani) with swaram and niraval at the line “Samanaroopa…”, and the main piece was Amma Raavamma (Kalyani), with niraval and swaram at the line “Taamarasadalanetri”. It was a rare example of a concert with a main piece in khanda chapu thalam, and that too, an off-beat eduppu.